DIY: Purely Spring Essential Oil Blend Recipe

  Here in the Pacific Northwest, winters tend to be damp, cold and…damp. Rooms can get a little heavy on the moist and stuffy after a few rainy months. Opening the windows only tends to let more of the wet stuff inside! I created this blend to use in both our nebulizer and the aroma mist diffuser, but it works great in a small diffuser or diluted in water for a room or linen spray. Since, I don't have any formal aromatherapy training, I like to combine what I think of as different "families" of oils–something herbal, something fruity, something spicy, and something from the wonderful world of trees. These scent combinations are fresh and garden-like, without being too floral […]

The Sunday Steep!

We recently started offering organic Moringa leaf here at Mountain Rose Herbs and, like many of you, I'm not always exactly sure how best to consume some of the herbs that are new to me. I wanted to give this one a try because it sounded so wonderful and good for me, but I wasn't sure exactly what to do! With a little experimentation and a tiny bit of courage, I created this delicious tea recipe and it makes for a perfectly lovely Sunday Steep! With the addition of Holy Basil, Spearmint and Lemon peel, it has a leafy-fruity flavor, with enough spice to keep it interesting. A nice pick-me-up for a groggy afternoon… Mystic Moringa & More Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon […]

Book Giveaway: The Herbal Kitchen + Red Powder Recipe

Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved […]

Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

  When I think of spring, of course I think of flowers.  As a spring baby, the smell of flowers blossoming in the rains was a part of my annual celebration. The field behind our house was filled with daffodils in white and yellow and I picked a fresh bouquet for my mother every day when she got home from work. When we moved from that house, spring became a celebration of my mother's hard work the year before as her transplanted bulbs regained their outward life and popped into the spring breeze. The air filled with sweet calming scents from the floral rainbows that surrounded us. This recipe was inspired by these sweet spring memories and made with beautiful neroli essential oil (orange flower blossom). This precious essential oil can also be […]

The Sunday Steep!

  It's time to get moving! Not only am I spending more time outside, but my body systems can also use a little inspiration, as well. I tend to naturally reach for lighter foods as the days get longer and I find it makes me feel better to start with a day or two of rooty infusions as the seasons change. I think of it as tonic for my tummy and beyond! A decoction is stronger than a tea–usually using larger quantities of herbs, often roots, barks and dried berries, and simmered and steeped for longer than a typical cup of tea. These are roots I like, and I love the extra zip and digestibility the cinnamon gives the beverage, but feel […]

Plant a Tree and Watch it Grow!

  Last month we got our hands dirty outside the Mountain Rose Herbs’ facility in Eugene! We planted 19 native tree species including Valley Ponderosa Pine, White Alder, and California Black Oak around the retention pond which filters 100% of stormwater runoff on site. As the trees take root and canopies grow, they serve to sequester carbon, expand the riparian area, create habitat for numerous species, and provide shade for employees relaxing or eating lunch outside.     A crew of Mountain Rose folks from customer service, herb production, shipping, and members of the company’s GreenTeam came out to lend a hand and soak up some unusual February sun! This is one of 6 restoration projects we have planned this year through the […]